December 16 Tornado Outbreak – Updated Statewide Damage Reports to MEMA as of 4 PM

PEARL (12/18/19)

December 16 Tornado Outbreak – Updated Statewide Damage Reports to MEMA as of 4 PM

 

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has received damage reports from 14 counties due to the tornadoes and severe storms that impacted the state Monday, December 16.

As of this afternoon, there are reports of 15 tornadoes impacting 15 counties, but that number will likely change as National Weather Service offices survey the damaged areas. There are also 775 power outages statewide, which is down from nearly 8,000 Tuesday.

Listed below are damage reports to the counties affected by the tornado outbreak. These numbers can still change as assessments continue. Confirmed tornadoes and the counties they impacted are also listed below.

Initial damage reports by county:

  • Amite: 20 homes damaged
    • EF-2 tornado
  • Clarke: 15 homes damaged
  • Claiborne: EF-1 tornado
  • Franklin: One home damaged, one business damaged
  • Hinds: 62 homes damaged, 2 businesses damaged
  • Jasper: Three chicken farms destroyed
  • Jefferson Davis: EF-2 tornado that traveled from Lawrence County
  • Jones: 208 homes damaged, 25 businesses damaged
    • EF-3 tornado that traveled from Lamar County
  • Lamar: 16 homes damaged, 11 businesses damaged
    • EF-3 tornado that traveled into Jones County
  • Lawrence: EF-2 tornado that traveled into Jefferson County
  • Lee: 37 homes damaged
    • EF-2 tornado
    • EF-0 tornado
  • Lincoln: 15 homes damaged
  • Marion: 14 homes damaged, 16 businesses damaged
    • EF-2 tornado
    • EF-1 tornado
  • Prentiss: EF-0 tornado
  • Simpson: Five homes damaged
    • EF-3 tornado that traveled into Smith County
  • Smith: 100 homes damaged, three chicken farms destroyed
    • EF-3 tornado that traveled from Simpson County
  • Tishomingo: 13 homes damaged, three businesses damaged
    • EF-1 tornado
  • Union: 12 homes damaged
    • EF-1 tornado

 Shelters:

  • Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians: 101 Industrial Drive, Choctaw
  • Jones County: LT Ellis Center – 610 Munson Street, Laurel
  • Smith County: Mize Volunteer Fire Department – 115 Cedar Street, Mize

 

 State Assets/Resources Deployed:

 

  • Amite County: 50 tarps
  • Clarke County: 200 tarps
  • Hinds County:
    • Unmanned aircraft system (UAS)
    • 100 tarps
  • Jefferson Davis County: 40 tarps
  • Jones County: 200 tarps
  • Lamar County: 100 tarps
  • Lee County:
    • 150 tarps
    • Unmanned aircraft system (UAS)
  • Lincoln County: 50 tarps
  • Marion County: 50 tarps
  • Smith County:
    • 200 tarps
    • Debris removal team
  • Union County: 50 tarps

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated and monitoring any requests or unmet needs from the county emergency management offices.

The public is encouraged to report damage to homes or businesses to their county emergency management office. A directory of all the offices is online at http://www.msema.org/county-ema/

MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information during this event is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter @msema.

 

PEARL (12/18/19) – In response to Monday’s tornado outbreak, The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross will be offering lunch and dinner at shelters located in Laurel.

Listed below are the locations for each:

-Salvation Army – 205 N. 13th Ave.
(will also have a mobile feeding truck)
-American Red Cross – Ellis Center Gym, 610 Munson Street

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PEARL (12/17/19) – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has received damage reports from 14 counties due to the tornadoes and severe storms that impacted the state Tuesday, December 16.

As of this afternoon, there are reports of 14 tornadoes, but that number will likely change as National Weather Service offices survey the damaged areas. There are also 7,934 power outages statewide.

The following damage reports serve only as initial assessments from the county emergency management offices and will change (either higher or lower) as MEMA receives additional reports and assessments.

Initial damage reports by county (assessments ongoing):

  • Amite: Homes damaged, power outages, roads closed
  • Clarke: Homes damaged, trees and power lines down
  • Hinds:  Homes damaged, trees down, power outages
  • Jefferson Davis: Homes damaged, power lines down, roads closed, trees down
  • Jones: Major damage in the City of Laurel, roads closed/damaged, power outages, trees down
  • Lamar: Sumrall Schools sustained damage, injuries reported
  • Lee: Homes damaged, power outages
  • Lincoln: Homes damaged, power outages
  • Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians: Roads closed
  • Simpson: Homes damaged, church damaged
  • Smith: Homes damaged, trees and power lines down, roads closed
  • Prentiss: Homes damaged, trees down
  • Tishomingo: Homes damaged, power outages
  • Union: Homes damaged, minor injury, power outages

Shelters:

  • Jones County: LT Ellis Center – 610 Munson Street, Laurel
  • Smith County: Mize Volunteer Fire Department – 115 Cedar Street, Mize

 State Assets/Resources Deployed:

  • Amite County: 50 tarps
  • Clarke County: 200 tarps
  • Hinds County:
    • Unmanned aircraft system (UAS)
    • 100 tarps
  • Jefferson Davis: 40 tarps
  • Jones County: 200 tarps
  • Lamar County: 100 tarps
  • Lee County:
    • 150 tarps
    • Unmanned aircraft system (UAS)
  • Lincoln County: 50 tarps
  • Smith County:
    • 200 tarps
    • Debris removal team
  • Union County: 50 tarps

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated and monitoring any requests or unmet needs from the county emergency management offices.

The public is encouraged to report damage to homes or businesses to their county emergency management office. A directory of all the offices is online at http://www.msema.org/county-ema/

MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information during this event is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter @msema.